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Bereavement support for children

We offer bereavement support free of charge to children and young people in north east Essex up to the age of 17 who are grieving the death of a loved one, regardless of how or where their loved one has died – no hospice connection is required to receive bereavement support from St Helena.

Bereavement support can begin from six weeks after the death. We initially offer a bereavement assessment to determine what support would be best in your family’s circumstances.  

Support can either be individual or as a family group depending on the age of the child/young person. However, children under five will be supported with their parent or guardian or within their family unit and not individually.  

We also:  

  • Offer talking therapy and creative ways in which to support children  
  • Help children and families create memory boxes  
  • Support children to ‘re-visit’ their bereavement as they develop and transition through life 
Two children and an adult painting

Referring a child/young person for bereavement support 

To refer a child/young person for bereavement support, please fill in our online referral form.

If you would like to refer multiple children/young people, please fill in a referral form for each individual.  

The child/young person can refer themselves if competent to do so, or the parent/carer can make the referral on their behalf with the child’s consent.  

Someone supporting you or your child, such as a healthcare professional or family member, can also refer with your consent.  

If the person who has died was a patient of St Helena and your family received support from a St Helena family support worker or counsellor, they can continue to support you through your bereavement. Please call SinglePoint on 01206 890 360 to get in touch with them. 

Without the help and generosity of our fundraisers and donors we wouldn’t be able to offer our bereavement support to hundreds of local people each year. We offer a number of ways that people can donate in memory of a loved one to help us to continue this support.

Bereavement resources

Useful documents
Talking to children leaflet
A guide about support for children and young people dealing with incurable illness or the death of someone close to them.

Books for children
A list of books for children to support them through dying, death and bereavement. 

Books for adults 
A list of books for adults, to help support children and young people through dying, death and bereavement. 
Useful websites
Winston’s Wish
Helpline: 0808 020 021, Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

Cruse Bereavement Care
Helpline: 0808 808 1677

Hope Again (young people living after loss)
Helpline: 0808 808 1677

Child Bereavement UK
Helpline: 0800 02 888 40

Grief Encounter: supporting bereaved children
Helpline: 0808 802 0111, Monday to Friday, 9am – 9pm

Child Bereavement Network

Helpline: 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Refer yourself or somebody else for support

Refer online

Additional support is available to you and your loved ones from other health and social care providers.

Find out more at the To Live With Dying website.
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